Saying, "I Don't Know"

Teaching grammar and preparing for exams can be a tricky thing because many times, especially early in our teaching experience, we're learning this stuff as we're teaching it.

We may seem uncertain as we're teaching some new concepts, and a student will eventually ask you a question that you don't know the answer and then you will have the proverbial deer in the headlights look.

Honesty is your friend.

Saying "I don't know" can work for you or work against you, depending on how you follow it.

Combine:

  • I don't know.
  • I'll find out and let you know.
  • Find out and let me know.
  • Let's find out.
  • Good question!

Remember, our job isn't to know all the answers, it's to help them learn and use English better.

If you have any specific questions, please contact us and let's figure out the answer together.

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